How to Create a Peplum

by cecylia on March 29, 2012

I’m sure you’ve all seen glimpses of the feminine waist ornament making a statement on the runways and the red carpets, (think Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli, Liv Tyler in the sheer spotty Stella McCartney). If you haven’t, check it out here. The peplum can lend an elegant hand to any top and any dress to seduce and to amuse (as demonstrated in my case).

It defines the waist and refines the hips. No wonder nearly every designer from Alexander McQueen to Thakoon can’t get enough of it! Vera Wang has even made the perfect peplum belt! But the simpest way to create a peplum? With a belt! Just grab that ill fitting top that you can’t bring yorself to throw out, like this 80s leather number, and add a thin belt. Voila! It’s a cinch!

I’m sorry that it’s been a while since Theodore has graced the cover of Well this special appearance by Theodore has extra meaning this time….

A few days ago I was jogging with the Theodore and Roxy (my parents’ very overweight Jack Russell), off lead, at the local oval. I kept my eyes on them the whole time, ’til my neck couldn’t bend any longer, but suddenly our darling chihuahua disappeared!

I could not find him ANYWHERE despite how much I yelled his name and how far my legs could carry me. At my darkest hour, I could only pray and ask that the Creator of the universe would have mercy on me. ‘Please Lord, let him be ok.’ During the 2 hour chase, I was brought to my knees and tears. The situation reminded me of how much God adores every one of us, and He is out there searching for you and I, as well. So after what felt like an eternity, thankfully, my prayers were heard and the phone rang. A lovely lady thought Theodore was lost and took him home, but later discovered that his collar had his name tag and our phone numbers on it. Thank God.

So a few things:

1. Never take your eyes off your pets when they are off leash

2. Make sure that they are microchipped and they wear a collar tag with your current contact details

3. If you ever find a dog next to an oval, it probably belongs to the person jogging inside.

If it can happen to a vet, it can happen to anyone.

(photos by me)

Where: Walking Theodore, but not taking my eyes off him

Wear: Vintage everything, except Zara pants

PS. More Lovin on Bloglovin’ please :)


Mica March 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Oh I can’t imagine how sick you would have felt without Theodore! I am very very glad that a nice lady picked him up and you were reunited again. What a horrible 2 hours it must have been.

On a lighter note, I love your outfit, the DIY Peplum is a great idea.

cecylia March 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

Thank you so much for your very sweet and concerned words. Ah I felt like my heart was ripped out of me, but thank God, He restored it.

Kate March 30, 2012 at 5:05 am
Berty Morales March 30, 2012 at 6:20 am

This is a very good idea and I love this outfit. I need to try it at home with some pieces I have. Thanks for sharing :)

cecylia March 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

Thank you Berty, glad that you like it :)

Josie March 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Oh, you must have been terrified! I’m glad you’re both okay and together now! And love your sweet little peplum.
xo Josie

cecylia March 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Thank you! What do you think of the trend?

Tarah March 31, 2012 at 5:21 am

Hi Cecylia,
I’m Tarah from Tarah and the City. I love your whole look, it looks effortlessly chic. Oh… and a pop of royal blue is always fabulous! I’m so sorry to hear about your dog but, I am inspired that you look to God throughout your tramatizing experience. I have two babies, Sammy and Rocko and if they disappeared I would instantly pray, that is of course after I wake up from passing out! lol That was a marvelous analogy and it’s so true only God’s love is much deeper so I can’t imagine how he feels when we disappear from his grace.

God is good!

Tarah and the City

cecylia March 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Hi Tarah, thank you so much for your heart-felt response. It’s readers like you that keep driving my blog and help me to see my vision in a different light. Xx

fabliha March 31, 2012 at 11:04 am

so stunning! I love your pants :)

Nikell August 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

I found this how to searching for an easy way to create a peplum. I love your style!! I’m going to follow you via bloglovin. So, I’ll be visiting more often (^_^)

Have a fabulous day,

cecylia August 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm

thank you hun glad you like this- peplums are SO feminine love them!

Nikell August 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

I’m glad you found your little dog. As a dog owner myself, I couldn’t imagine being in that situation. Praise God you found him!!!

Belinda September 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Hi Cecylia,
Soooo in awe of your amazing confidence, focus and creative flair, you really are an inspiration!! Great uploads of RMIT 2012 Fashion Students MSFW runway debut on youtube… would love to see more of the gutsy female designers who focussed on male apparel. Can you make that happen?! What a promoter of excellence!!

Belinda September 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Missed out an ‘a’… from my original email address!! You rock!! B

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